Some people have all sorts of numerical processes they swear by – some are superstitions, and some have to do with believing in mathematical algorithms.

According to an algorithm known as the “37% rule” you should be aiming to get married at the age of 26 for the best odds of marriage success.

The algorithm is from Algorithms to Live By: The Computer Science of Human Decisions, by journalist Brian Christian and cognitive scientist Tom Griffiths, based on the premise that we make the best decisions on things once we’ve screened 37% of the options.

This supposedly applies to things like choosing a job applicant – you should make a leap of faith when you’re going through the applications once you’re at the 37% mark and then choose a candidate.

The authors say the same applies when picking a marriage partner: if you are in a “looking for love” age range of 18 to 40, the age of 26 is at the 37% mark.

That’s not to say you should settle for whoever comes along at the 37% mark, but you should be most qualified to make the right decision at this point in your life.